Darwin, heavily exposed to the slumping mining sector, was Australia’s worst-performing hotel market last year with the average room rate collapsing 20%.
Brisbane (-3%), Canberra (-2%) and Perth (-1%) also under-performed, the annual Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com has revealed.
However, it was business as usual in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s biggest accommodation markets.
Robust demand drove a rate increase in Sydney of 6% while Melbourne wasn’t far behind with a rise of 4%.
The far north Queensland resort destination of Port Douglas recorded Australia’s biggest rate increase with prices up 12% year on year.
Remote Uluru performed well with 7% rate growth making it Australia’s most expensive destination at an average of $310 a night.
Change in Australian hotel prices paid per night for all travellers booking through Hotels.com in 2015:
|Destination||Average price paid in 2015 (AUD)||% change on 2014|